Johan Sluys was born in Brussels in 1964, the son of the cathedral organist Jozef ridder Sluys.
He was awarded
- A master’s degree in classical philology by the University of Leuven, with a thesis on Aristoxenos’ Elementa Harmonica
- A master’s degree in piano, chamber music, counterpoint and fugue by the Royal Brussels Conservatory
- A master’s degree in composition by the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Cl. Ledoux).
- He was taught choral conducting (E. Van Nevel) and orchestral conduction (D. Gazon).
Career and performances:
He taught Latin and aesthetics before being appointed to teach piano at Leuven’s Municipal Music Conservatory. He has performed as a solo pianist, chamber musician and conductor.
- His motet “In het begin schiep de mens” (choir) won the Vlaams-Brabant Provincial Composition Prize (2001).
- His “Requiem for a Child Soldier” (soloists, large choir and percussion) was performed in 2005 at the ISCM World Music Days.
- “Ciaccona” was the compulsory piece for the strings in the “Axion Classics” competition (Brussels) (2004).
- “Homage to Vittoria” (piano) won the triennial Jef Van Hoof composition Prize (2016).